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Eurocorridors are characterized by intensive transport flows and dynamic patterns of establishment and household locations. They are also considered the backbones of powerful spatial and economic forces in the areas that connect urban regions. One of the main difficulties in the spatial planning of eurocorridors has been the need to engage in different types of collective action. Such an approach can be extremely challenging in practice, useful to researchers in the field and to professionals as well.
In the light of this, the book’s main objectives are:
- To define the problem by analyzing the key features, which include freight and passenger transport policies and issues; the territorial context, with its geographical, social, economic and cultural aspects; the plurality of subjects with different aims and resources and the lack of homogeneous information.
- To illustrate assessment models and evaluation frameworks (MCDA; Discrete Choice Analysis; Collaborative Assessments; Geovisualization Technologies) in theoretical terms and by the use of case studies.
Isabella M. Lami, Ph.D, is Assistant Professor of Planning Evaluation and Project Appraisal at the Politecnico of Turin and a research collaborator at SiTI (Higher Institute on Territorial Systems for Innovation). She has expertise in multicriteria analysis methods and spatial decision processes within the context of territorial transformations, particularly in connection with large transport infrastructure. She was coordinator of the transnational network Urban Planning Systems in Europe - Urbax2, involving 15 partners from universities and public administrations in 9 different European countries, within the Leonardo da Vinci programme. She was one of the coordinator of the activities regarding the collaborative assessment process and decision making on the Corridor 24 development, within the European Project "Code24" - this project was funded under the Strategic Initiatives Framework of the INTERREG IVB NWE programme (www.code-24.eu).
Dr. Lami has published books and papers on both national and international scientific journals, and received several awards for her work. In 2009, the paper (with Bottero) Sustainable mobility and urban planning: the application of the Analytic Network Process for the assessment of different transport scenarios was awarded the Best Paper prize at the 2nd International Conference on Whole Life Urban Sustainability and its Assessment held in Loughborough. In 2007, her edited book Genova: il porto oltre l'Appennino. Ipotesi di sviluppo del nodo portuale, Celid, Torino, won the 7th edition of the prize Trasporti & Cultura, section A, "Works that derive from specialized research, also by Universities". In 2005, the Urbax2 project she coordinated was chosen as one of Europe’s 50 Best Practices during 2000-2005, and was featured in the European Commission publication, 50 success stories - Leonardo da Vinci innovation projects contributing to the Copenhagen process - Linking policy to practice (four projects were selected in Italy).